When you have acne, or skin related issues, most of the time our first instinct is to treat it, right? That means over washing, over treating, and really just damaging our skin. Acne is a wound, and it needs to be healed as so. If you’re constantly putting harsh chemicals on the wound, you’re going to make it worse. When you do this to your face, you are stripping your face of it’s acid layer, and the moisture barrier.
This is something I genuinely wish I would’ve known when I was younger, because now I am trying to repair all of the years of damage from chemicals, treatments, micro-beads. However, I was desperate. I had no idea how the skin worked, I just wanted my issues to disappear. The revelation came to me that I was actually making it worse, and I completely reversed those behaviors. I have been nourishing my skin with vitamin serums, moisturizers, gentle cleansers, and sun protection. With only a few months of these rituals, my skin is looking better than ever.
The secret to beautiful skin isn’t just your acne or wrinkle creams. Using rough scrubbing tools will actually create tiny lesions on the skin, thus irritating it, and causing more breakouts. When you over-wash your face, your skin will start the overproduction of oil, which can really clog up your pores. Clogged pores = breakouts! Wiping your face off with a towel instead of patting with also damage the skin. You want to cleanse the skin of impurities, dirt, makeup, and oil.. but you don’t want to damage it. Less is always more.
The tender smooth appearance of healthy skin is because of the natural protective layer called “Acid Mantle” which is formed only when the skin pH is balanced. Repairing your skins natural acid mantle is going to also help your breakouts. The acid layer is meant to kill of toxins, and when that layer is destroyed, your skin no longer has its natural defense. External factors such as age, stimulation of medication and chemical substance, stressful lifestyle, unhealthy diets, hormonal imbalance and bad weather will disturb the balance of acid mantle and weaken the protection of acid mantle.
Make sure you know what you’re putting on your face, and be aware of what it’s really doing to your skin. Quality ingredients, and healthy skin are your weapon. Let your skin heal, and treat it as needed. You’re not helping yourself if you’re washing your skin 6 times a day, and putting every acne medication you could find on after. And not only do these irritants clog up your pores, but they also contribute to collagen breakdown.